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A happy chance opportunity

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A couple of days ago, I received a request for information about a Douglas family from Nesbit, in Roxburghshire.

By chance, I possessed an invitation to the opening yesterday of the restored Monteath Douglas Mausoleum, just a few miles away, so I made diversion to the graveyard at Nesbit hoping to find some Douglas gravemarkers.

In memory of JANE PATON wife of THOMAS DOUGLAS who died at Ploughland Maxton 3.9.1900 aged 58 years also HELEN their daughter who died at…

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Opportunity to acquire a former Douglas property

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Another former Douglas property has come onto the market.

Strathenry House was built for Robert Douglas Esq. local landowner, and is described in the New Statistical Account as "a very handsome building, in the style of the old English manor house of Queen Elizabeth's time".

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Digging deep to find the Dutch/French connection

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I have been rooting around in the French Ministry of Culture's database (I know, I know) and found a photograph of the tomb of Jean-Louis Désiré, Baron of Bois-David, and his wife Christine-Hélène Jeanne of Douglas, which is in St. Martin Parish Churchyard, Wilwisheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace - presumably their burial place.

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At 11:44 on July 14, 2019, Stephen Light said…

Hi William. I have not been on the archives in a while and had left all my information but somehow can't find it .

My Major James Douglas was born Springwood Park Roxburgh 25/9/1768.He was sent out to India as a 16 year old cadet in East India Company.He had four children to a Indian Bibi.Rachel Douglas born1797 Bombay, Catherine born 1799 Bombay, Mary born1801 Bombay and James born1804 Bombay.

Major James Douglas died 1814 at his estate Edenside Kelso.

I have tried to find his parents and all I can find is a baptism for 22/3/1769 Ancrum Roxburgh father given as James Douglas.

Being born at Springwood Park the home of the Douglas  nobility.

Rachael Douglas married James White a surgeon in Edinburgh 27/2/1821 at Saint Cuthberts and her brother James Douglas was also a surgeon.

They migrated to Australia with their children and her sisters and brother on the Kohinoor in 1852.

At 4:02 on June 23, 2019, Richard Anthony Limanowski said…

At 9:40 on June 19, 2019, Tommy Douglas said…

Yes, that is the  Alexander William Douglas I can trace back to. Then I guess I am stuck.

At 15:46 on May 2, 2019, William Andrew Broadway said…
Hi..my 2x GF was Lemuel Douglas b. 1811 in NOrth Carolina USA. He died in Orange County NC 1893 and is buried there..
His children, according to 1880 census, were Susan J, Martha F, John M, Levi W, Joseph Y, Sely A, and youngest, William Andrew Douglas, my 1x great grandfather, whom I was named after.
Lemuel was married to Frances Browning.

I have found in 1755 tax list from Orange County a John Douglas. The 1779 tax list has John Douglas, David Douglas, and William Douglas. None of them have wills that I can locate, only probate files with no family information, outside of of a probate for a John Douglas from 1816 with a widow of Margaret. I don’t know if this is the same John on the 3 tax lists.

I need help past Lemuel. I can’t find out his parents names, and thus, can’t connect him to one of the 3 Douglas’ on the tax lists. Please help if anyone knows anything about these Orange County NC Douglas’s.
William Andrew Broadway
Swansea IL USA
At 6:12 on March 2, 2019, Ann Douglas-Heflin said…

I am not sure how to reply.  William Douglas, yes, I believe we have touched base before.   I have a typed out "history" written by my Aunt Lucille Douglas.  It's a bit romanticized.  I have some pictures of ancestors.   My Father Angus Dearborn Douglas was born in...…….Dearborn Michigan.    Due to an unfortunate tendency to have female children, I am the last of this Line.   It's too bad, I can trace back to 1638.   If there is a way to maneuver on here I would love to scan and post my pictures and stories.   It may be of interest to Douglases in Massachusetts, Ohio and Michigan.  

  

At 0:50 on February 27, 2019, Christopher Douglas Kearney said…

Hi, William,

Below are the detals I have on 'my james' :-)

My G Grandfather was James Douglas (b1832-?). I think he was a carpenter. His first wife was Elisabeth MacDonald(b1830 - d1870); & they had 7 children ; Jane b1855; Margaret b1857; John b1860; James b1861-d1922;Alexander b1862; Sophia b1864; Robert b1867 . His second wife, my G Grandmother was Christina Fletcher (1843 -?). They had 3 children Janearina b1878, Justin b1881 & Edward Simpson b1885-d1956, my grandfather. He married my grandmother Helen Cameron & he was a professional golfer who migrated to New Zealand where he raised his family, 2 daughters Marie & Dorothy (my mother)

At 0:50 on February 25, 2019, Sherry Duty said…

Thank you,  William.

I will join the Deacon William Douglas group William 1610 group.

As I know very little about the Deacon William and his family, I am very eager to learn more.  I am searching for his grandaughter Elizabeth Douglas who married Stephen Dewolfe, and then married Henry Rowland. I have found a chart that she died 1705 not possible as the same notation stated her Dewolfe children born 1706 and 1708, also another that she died 1747.  I am at presently reading the histories of the villages of colonical Connecticut for any reference to the families.

Thanks so much for the invite! Sherry Duty

At 22:38 on January 28, 2019, Amy Douglas said…

Hi William-

Thank you so much for the invite and the chance to comment back and to start seeing where my ancestors go back to . Edgar Henry Douglas was born in Feb 1867 to Andrew Douglas and Adelia Breemean. Andrew Douglas was born in 25 Sept 1838 in Girvan, Ayrshire Scotland  to James Douglas and Catherine Logan. James Douglas was born in 1806 in Girvan, Scotland.  Catherine Logan was born in 1816 in County Iyr, Ireland. This is as far back as I have gotten. Perhaps others here might be able to help me trace further.  Thanks so much! Amy

At 21:21 on January 28, 2019, Martha Todd Drysdale said…

Hi William, I have requested to join the group you gave me the link to, on the list of questions that are asked before you are accepted is the question what do you call a ' father's father? I have no idea how to answer this. I said Grandad, but I got it wrong? I really don't understand the question. It is really vague.

At 11:18 on January 25, 2019, Donald Robert Douglas said…

Yes, they certainly did have adventurous lives! I guess it was true for lots of people back then, not only in the "Wild West" but around the world generally.

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The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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